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A lost art

With Valentine’s Day coming up next month, candy shops are stocking up on chocolates, flower boutiques are preparing their window displays and jewelry stores are bracing themselves for what is probably the busiest day of the year.

This year, why not skip the lines and show your better half how much you care with a truly heartfelt gift – a love letter. Love letter writing has existed for centuries as a way of expressing couples’ enduring passion for one another. Fortunately for the Internet, we can easily refer to some of the greatest love letters in history for inspiration.

Unfortunately though, in the era of social media, the art of love letter writing has become as rare as is taking pen to paper for anything at all. Though we can easily write quick missives to our partner throughout the day through text or email, there’s a lot to be said about this warm gesture.

So, if you decide to write a love note this Valentine’s Day, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • Ask yourself what you love most about your partner
  • Write a draft and come back to it; you’ll have more to add if you’ve slept on it
  • Handwrite or print the letter on stationary
  • Think about how you’ll give it – would you like to leave it in a surprise place, mail it or create an experience around it?
Lastly, remember that there's no perfect way to write a love letter. No doubt your partner will appreciate the gesture no matter what you've written. So, have fun with it. With any luck it will become a habit.

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